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“A weekend at Highden Manor”

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Highden Manor Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 Awahuri B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Arriving on Friday afternoon as a guest to a wedding on Saturday it took a good 20 minutes for anyone to show up to welcome us to the Manor. This was not a good start to our weekend!
Without looking to hard it was very noticeable that Highden Manor is in a bad state of decline. A broken window in the Manor at the front entrance was not a welcoming site to the luxury weekend advertised on their website of which we had been expecting. The deck out the back was covered in bird dropping and the chairs and tables of which we were expected to sit at also evidencing the birds were not far away and did not look as if they had been cleaned recently. Cracks in the ceilings and walls and plaster on the floor of the boardroom (of which we used over the weekend) near the front entrance. Long life milk with expiry dates dating back 12 months were found in both the rooms in the manor and lodge by the guests. The website does not in anyway portray Highden Manor as we have experienced it this weekend. Also do not think you can use the Chapel for your ceremony (as advertised still on their website on 9 February 2013) this is now a bridal shop. Two bad if it is raining the bride and groom were offered 3 umbrella's off the front deck should the sun not be shining for their special day the night before the wedding! The owners made no effort to arrange an alternative having told the bride and groom 4 days before the wedding the Chapel was no longer part of their package. A public display from the owner in the dining room this morning with the bride over the number of quests eating breakfast. They had run out of food and were not able to supply enough breakfast for all the guests that had stayed at the lodge and manor. The owner was very unprofessional in the way she dealt with this and after upsetting the bride with this public display the owner continued to hail abuse at the bride as she moved around the tables collecting plates. I was sad and embarrassed for the bride and groom who have spent the last two years preparing for their special day to be treated in such an appalling way.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We attended a wedding here yesterday. When we checked the website we thought it looked beautiful. The food at the wedding was lovely. However, when we turned into the driveway first impressions were disappointment. There were pot holes along the drive - large ones. Not a good start on entering. Driving to the house from a distance it looked grand and has the 'wow factor'. But as walked towards the front door we noticed a broken window and the exterior had seen better days. On entering our hopes rose again as it is stately with beautiful wooden walls and floors and huge chandeliers. Then we walked upstairs and I noticed a huge magnificent painting balanced delicately on a narrow ledge right above my head. I would not want to be on the stairwell if an earthquake struck! Next we went out to the verandah where I almost caught the heel of my shoe in a hole in the floor. On closer inspection the floor was dirty. In the center of the pagoda where the ceremony took place were four crooked paving slabs. Not very sightly and I would not think it adheres to health & safety requirements. I just want to raise these matters as they are important and it is such a shame as this place could be amazing if thought, care and attention were given to the venue and customers.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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11  Thank Jill C
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We stopped by for high tea and to visit the gardens. The tea and food was very good. The gardens looked a little ratty and could use some TLC. The manor is a wonderful place to view.

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Reviewed 13 December 2012

The Manor itself is full of style but the lodge is a very poor cousin - no comparison. The whole place was booked out for a family wedding. Our main bug-bear was the lack of any kitchen facility. My parents are on medication and there was not a glass, mug or any vessel to put water in. The double rooms are charged at $130 with continental breakfast - our room was the only one with a tv (basic 3 channels and no batteries in remote). Some rooms only had one blanket and no heating in their room. We were on the ground floor and heard every footstep taken on the floor above. We understood it was shared facilities in the lodge but thought that would include at least a jug and cups. Felt like we were in an episode of Faulty Towers minus John Cleese. The wedding itself was lovely but recommend avoiding the lodge as accommodation as it presently is.
I understand the owners are taking over as of this week so hopefully they wil make necessary changes to improve visitors stay.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the lodge
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Sheryl T
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

I again visited Highden, this time for High Tea and a tour of the Estate. It was a special birthday for my cousin so we had a lovely High Tea and went all over this magnificent old Home. I understand the owners are returning next year and possibly taking over the management so I just hope they keep it up to the standard and quality the present managers have attained. As with Geoff W we originally purchased the Yazoom promotion for our first visit and I do hope these are continued.

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Thank Joan M
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

The approach, surrounds and the building itself are magnificent and full of Victorian/Edwardian charm, with lots of beautiful timber throughout. The guest lounge , restaurant, and other rooms are very ornate and atmospheric.
Whilst the Rose Room (where we slept) had modern en-suite and a comfortable bed, the furniture, was a mix, and it was very disappointing that the en-suite bathroom door did not shut - and something that should not exist in a $499 per night room accommodation. And perhaps I am not the first to complain, seeing a wooden wedge was already in the bathroom to chock the door shut (sort of). Be aware there are a lot of stairs to climb to reach most rooms too. The Rose room was very noisy too - I suspect the main kitchen noise from below was being heard in this room. But not after about 11. Noisy during the early evening though.
If we had paid full price - I would have been disappointed with the quality of the room itself. But the Highden Manor building itself did not disappoint.

Room Tip: For $ 499 a night - expect more. Ask for a quiet room.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Geoff W
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

Very good restaurant. Excellent service. Great wines and wine advice.
We had a 4 course dinner purchased as part of a Yazoom promotion ($159 for an overnight stay in a room that usually costs $499 per night, PLUS a 4 course dinner for 2) - a great deal.
Restaurant was in very attractive and stylish surroundings. Prompt and attentive service. We had the Filet Mignon and Venison mains. The steak was excellent, but the venison had too much gristle in parts. Desserts, Canapes and Entrees were all excellent. Well worth the cost - even if we had been paying menu prices - which would have been about $180 for the 2 of us - which included a couple of $9 / glass of red (which were delightful).

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Thank Geoff W
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Additional Information about Highden Manor Estate

Address: 220 Green Road | R D 6, Awahuri 4476, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Awahuri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Awahuri
Price Range: £68 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Highden Manor Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on 36 acres of manicured parkland and formal rose gardens, Highden Manor Estate is registered as a Category 1 historic landmark property by The New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Built in 1896 as a country home for a Wellington Member of Parliament, The Right Honourable Walter Woods Johnston and his wife Celia, this is now a Hotel & Venue in the Manawatu countryside, just 15 minutes drive from the city of Palmerston North. Restored to its original grandeur, the Manor welcomes guests for overnight stays, conferences, weddings, private functions, retreats, and offers the perfect venue for a multitude of special occasions. Ask about the "Exclusive Use" options for your occasion, or hire the public rooms and garden and create your own event. A truly private retreat property, Highden is "An Experience" not to be missed. ... more   less 
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